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What proof do you require for unpaid carers?

If you have documents proving you are a carer such as; proof of carers assessments, carers allowance documents proof your recorded as a main carer on GP records please bring these with you to speed up the check in process.

How do I know if I’m eligible as a unpaid carer?

The JCVI has identified unpaid carers within priority cohort 6. The JCVI definition is further clarified by the PHE Green Book on COVID-19.

“Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.”

Those clinically vulnerable to COVID include:

  • children with severe neuro-disabilities
  • those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (CEV)
  • adults who have underlying health conditions
  • those who need care because of advanced age.


An unpaid carer requiring a vaccination therefore can be, but is not limited to:

  • Someone who cares for a person who is within JCVI priority cohorts 1-6, provides close personal care or is the sole or primary carer.
  • An adult family member or friend providing daily face-to-face care to a person who, because of their advanced age, requires support but is still living in their own home.
  • A person caring for an adult with Down’s Syndrome.
  • A parent/foster parent caring for a young person who is receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) because of a severe neuro-disability.
  • Any adult providing supplementary unpaid care to an older person who is self funding their own care package, for example through a domiciliary care agency.
  • Two siblings who equally share and provide 24-hour care to an older person with dementia in addition to their own family and work commitments. If either sibling was to fall ill, the other would not be able to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the older person. Both siblings would be considered the primary carer.

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